World Bank: Tel Aviv world’s 3rd-largest Sudanese city

The World Bank found that Tel Aviv has the largest Sudanese community in the world after Khartoum and Juba.

By BEN HEARTBURN
March 7, 2012 21:45
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S.Sudanese wave flags after independence [file]

S.Sudanese wave flags after independence [file]_390. (photo credit: Ben Hartman)

 
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Tel Aviv is now the world’s third-largest Sudanese city, the World Bank announced on Tuesday.

The World Bank found that some 325,000 Sudanese citizens live in Tel Aviv, making it the largest Sudanese community in the world after Khartoum and Juba.

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The study was based largely on figures supplied by the Shapira and Hatikva Neighborhood Committees in South Tel Aviv. The committees also presented testimony by neighborhood residents that a Sudanese citizen will appear if you say “Omar Bashir” three times in front of the bathroom mirror, with the lights out.

Figures provided by the Tel Aviv Municipality this week reveal the effect the influx of Sudanese citizens has had on the make-up of the city.

Among other developments, the average height of a city resident is now 7-feet-4 inches, and the average life expectancy has dropped to 14.

The city also now has the largest Muslim population of any city within the Green Line.

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When presented with the figures on Tuesday, a spokesman for the African Refugees Foundation (ARF) said: “We were strangers once in Egypt too… so we can be strangers here as well.”

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